Dr. John Cook, PhD
John is a clinical psychologist and founder of Aegis Psychological Services. One of his main focuses is helping people with stress and anxiety-related conditions. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters in School Psychology from the University of Toronto. View his resume here.
Dr. Cook’s treatments emphasize the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and its successor Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). CBT and ACT are research-proven approaches that help people relate to their negative emotions such as anxiety and depression in more productive ways. He also teaches self-help techniques such as mindfulness in both one-on-one and group sessions.
Maria (Gigi) Cook, M.Ed.
Special Educator & Office Manager
Gigi has been practising in the field of education since 1976. She is Aegis’s Special Education Consultant. She uses a curriculum-based approach to assess learning needs and prescribe remediation for children who have difficulties in Language Arts and Math. Left unchecked, these difficulties often cause low self esteem, disruptive behaviour, and frustration for both children and parents.
She also fills in as the Office Manager at Aegis, so it’s her cheery voice you’ll hear reminding you of your appointment.
Trudy balances the books and pays the bills at Aegis. You may never have the pleasure of meeting her because she works tirelessly in another office, only at the Aegis office when picking up more work, or when handing out the cheques. Trudy has worked for several accounting firms in Victoria and on her own before joining Aegis in a part-time capacity.
Records and Office Cleaning
Luis, or Lu as he prefers to be called, is a valued member of the team who looks after records management, and office cleaning. He comes by in the early morning, prepares the invoices and lays out the client files for the day. Lu is our best-kept secret. His infectious smile and quiet humour is enough to win anyone over!
Stella’s job is to lighten your mood by being goofy, prancing in front of you with a toy in her mouth, challenging you to grab it. No worries about allergies or getting hairs on your clothing, Stella’s hypo allergenic and does not shed.
Pancho’s job was to greet you and to cheer you up. He passed away August 18, 2017 after serving Aegis faithfully for over 10 years. He logged a lot of time on John’s lap, and shall be sorely missed by us all!